Franciscans International Update

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

NEW YORK — Franciscans International recently announced several advocacy initiatives.

In its November e-newsletter, The Franciscan Voice, FI described:
• An awareness campaign, intended for Franciscan colleges, high schools and parishes, to promote respect and foster understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Campaign materials were provided in the e-letter.

• The United Nations secretary general’s “Say No to Violence Against Women — 16 days of Activism Against General Violence Campaign,” that ran Nov. 25 to Dec. 10.

• FI’s formal comments on the mandatory report presented by France to the U.N. Committee Against Torture. The FI team focused on the mistreatment of elderly people in senior homes.

The monthly e-letter also reported on a recent meeting of FI development director Peter Illig with Fr. Michael Cusato, OFM, director of the Franciscan Institute and dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. They discussed “potential collaboration and the sharing of Franciscan resources.” 

Donations to FI have been significantly affected by the global economic downturn, according to The Franciscan Voice, which provides a link to the November issue of Pax and Bonum, FI’s quarterly publication. 

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas